New York giants repelling Saquon Barkley were taken off the field by coaches after a run at the start of the first quarter. He left the game against the Chicago Bears with an injury to his right knee and he was in serious pain.
The giants said Barkley had undergone X-rays of his knee. He will have more tests on Monday, the team said.
Barkley was injured as he ran to the sideline and was chased by Chicago Bears defender Eddie Jackson. She grabbed his knee as he headed for the ground.
Barkley was later driven to the locker room and punched in disgust. Before he came out, he had four runs for 28 yards.
That came moments after Barkley was forced to miss a game when he landed on his left arm.
The bears had their own problems with going back. Running back, David Montgomery tried to obstruct a linear man, was cut off and removed with his head, hitting the lawn first. He went to the medical tent and then to the locker room.
The Bears said it was questionable to return with a neck injury.
The Giants also lost wide receiver Stirling Shepard with a finger injury. He was injured after catching a pass at the end of the first half when he was sent off by cornerback Jalen Johnson.
Shepard tried to return in the third quarter, but could not complete his route in the first game of the second half. He finished with two catches for 29 yards in the race.
So much so that quarterback Daniel Jones gets all his best weapons healthy. Sunday was the first game in which Jones had Barkley, Shepard, Evan Engram and broadcasters Darius Slayton and Golden Tate available. But it lasted only a little over a quarter.
It was a rough start to the season for Barkley and the Giants. Barkley rushed for 6 yards on 15 noses in the opener and was publicly criticized by former great giant Tiki Barber for blocking him. Barkley was hit behind the line of scramble in 11 of 15 runs and had eight negative runs.
Barkley’s first run went again for negative yards on Sunday in Chicago, and the Giants lost 10-0 when he left.
The 23-year-old Barkley is in his third professional season after being selected with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. After a huge rookie season in which he amassed more than 2,000 yards from collisions, he was hampered last year by a high ankle sprain.
The giants were expected to build their offense this season around Barkley, the talented back that general manager Dave Gattleman considered a transcendent talent and a future Golden Jacket player.